2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Supporting Actress in a Drama Emmy
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Emmy voters love Allison Janney, who already has a total of seven statuettes for her work on three different shows — “The West Wing,” “Mom” and “Masters of Sex.” Janney looks to be a sure thing to land a third consecutive nomination for her work on “Mom” this year, having won the last two years in a row.

Can anyone overtake Janney? Perhaps previous winner Julie Bowen, who continues to score nominations even when other “Modern Family” co-stars have dropped off the list. If there’s a surge of love for the former champ, her co-star Sofia Vergara could also score another nomination.

There are plenty of previous nominees who have yet to win, including Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”), Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”), Gaby Hoffmann (“Transparent”), Jane Krakowski (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Niecy Nash (“Getting On”). Hoffmann’s co-stars Judith Light and Amy Landecker also had standout years, while HBO’s “Girls” saw a resurgance in quality and could finally land one of the supporting actresses a nom.

Among the new shows, Donna Lynne Champlin stole scenes on The CW’s  “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and Noël Wells more than held her own opposite Aziz Ansari on the Netflix comedy “Master of None.”

FRONTRUNNERS

Mayim Bialik (THE BIG BANG THEORY)

Julie Bowen (MODERN FAMILY)

Anna Chlumsky (VEEP)

Gaby Hoffmann (TRANSPARENT)

Allison Janney (MOM)

Jane Krakowski (UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT)

Judith Light (TRANSPARENT)

Kate McKinnon (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE)

Niecy Nash (GETTING ON)

Sofia Vergara (MODERN FAMILY)

ON THE BUBBLE

Donna Lynne Champlin (CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND)

Kaley Cuoco (THE BIG BANG THEORY)

Loretta Devine (THE CARMICHAEL SHOW)

Carol Kane (UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT)

Jemima Kirke (GIRLS)

Amy Landecker (TRANSPARENT)

Melanie Lynskey (TOGETHERNESS)

Zosia Mamet (GIRLS)

Melissa Rauch (THE BIG BANG THEORY)

Kristen Schaal (THE LAST MAN ON EARTH)

Noël Wells (MASTER OF NONE)

Allison Williams (GIRLS)

DARK HORSES

Tara Lynne Barr (CASUAL)

Kristen Bell (HOUSE OF LIES)

Saffron Burrows (MOZART IN THE JUNGLE)

Frances Conroy (CASUAL)

Kether Donohue (YOU’RE THE WORST)

Ana Gasteyer (LADY DYNAMITE)

Yael Grobglas (JANE THE VIRGIN)

January Jones (LAST MAN ON EARTH)

Leslie Jones (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE)

Martha Kelly (BASKETS)

Jenifer Lewis (BLACK-ISH)

Megan Mullally (YOU ME AND THE APOCALYPSE)

Amanda Peet (TOGETHERNESS)

Chelsea Peretti (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE)

Bernadette Peters (MOZART IN THE JUNGLE)

Mary Steenburgen (LAST MAN ON EARTH)

Jacki Weaver (BLUNT TALK)

Debra Winger (THE RANCH)

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  1. Natalie says:

    Eden Sher.

  2. BD says:

    Girls had a great season but they separated the “girls” and they were barely featured on enough episodes to warrant nominations. If you watched the season then there’s no reason to even list Mamet anywhere, much less Kirke. Maybe Williams with her Marnie-centric episode but this show is so far beyond Emmy’s radar (except for Driver, who should also be left out) that there’s no need to even talk about these three women.

    Modern Family finally lost Comedy Series last year (For the first time they didn’t win a single award and had less than five nominations) and Vergara has been left out for the past two years. So no need to mention her as a frontrunner, not even on the bubble. She’s not coming back.

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